United Nations (UN) has called on Somali youth to take part in efforts to promote human rights.

In a statement to mark, the UN Human Rights Day Tuesday UN chief in Somalia James Swan said Somali youth are needed to stand for their rights and those of others noting the country relied on them to chart its future destiny.

“I encourage the youth to advocate for their rights and the rights of others. Our hope is that they — together with Somalis of all ages and backgrounds — can build a better future,” said Swan.

He underscored that the promotion and protection of human rights is a key element in a country’s path to peace and stability.

“Somalia has made progress in this area. With youth making up the majority of the country’s population, the onus will lie with them to ensure that Somali society continues in this direction,” said Swan.

According to estimates, people under 30 years of age represent more than two-thirds of Somalia’s population – one of the largest demographic youth bulges in the world.

Observed on 10 December around the globe, Human Rights Day commemorates the day in 1948 on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This year’s theme is youth-focused- Youth Standing Up for Human Rights.


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